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Fresh Air Weekend: Remembering Michael K. Williams; Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

Before becoming an actor, Michael K. Williams worked as a background dancer for performers like Madonna and George Michael.
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Before becoming an actor, Michael K. Williams worked as a background dancer for performers like Madonna and George Michael.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

'Fresh Air' Remembers 'Wire' And 'Boardwalk Empire' Actor Michael K. Williams: In 2008, Williams told Terry Gross the story behind the scar on his face. In 2016, he reflected on his troubled past and his lucky breaks. Williams was found dead in his apartment Sept. 6.

'Beautiful World' Is Sally Rooney's Toughest, Most Sweeping Novel To Date: Beautiful World, Where Are You is a cerebral novel that traces the relationships between four characters, and shifts between themes of sex, friendship and life's dark uncertainty.

'Poet Warrior' Joy Harjo Wants Native Peoples To Be Seen As Human: The nation's first Native American poet laureate has a new memoir in which she tells her own story — as well as the story of her sixth-generation grandfather, who was forced from his ancestral land.

You can listen to the original interviews and review here: 'Fresh Air'

Remembers 'Wire' And 'Boardwalk Empire' Actor Michael K. Williams

'Beautiful World' Is Sally Rooney's Toughest, Most Sweeping Novel To Date

'Poet Warrior' Joy Harjo Wants Native Peoples To Be Seen As Human

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